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Art-scape| 2018 Art Competition

Welcome everyone to our first exclusive landscape competition!

We asked artists to create original work to explore the concept of landscapes and environments. We encouraged the use of traditional and non-traditional interpretations. Landscapes can be external and internal, small or large, figurative or literal, real and surreal, urban or wild, natural and unnatural. We have a great show here and are so excited for the work everyone put forward. Thanks again to everyone who voted for their favorite artwork, we have announced the winners below! Don't forget to check in for more events and opportunities!

Prizes                                                                       

Grand Prize $60                                     Jim Chaput | Harbor of my dreams

Honorable Mention $40                       Xiang Zhao | Thrive in Sea Level Rise

Double Take $20                                    Shira Gold | Solitary Dream

Popular Vote | Gamblin Set                Ashley West | Divine Ruins: Waterfall

Winners will be contacted individually regarding payment methods and dates.

Featured Artists

Mayra Cortez

J Van

Cynthia Yatchman

Shira Gold

Jim Chaput

Tracy Loftus

The Third

Anonymous

Xiang Zhao

Ashley West

Zeynab Amini

Priscilla Stevenson

Mayra Cortez

Illuminated Inspiration | Oil on canvas | 18 x 20"

Illuminated Inspiration explores both indoor and outdoor landscapes. The indoor environment frames an outside one, revealing an inviting natural scape. Nature is a source of inspiration that is common among artists and humans in general, and it is also a constant source of inspiration to me. I wanted to emphasize the juxtaposition of both environments, presenting a plain interior that frames a more interesting and inviting exterior.

J Van

Tree Of Life | Photography | 8x10

This black and white photograph is of a tree I have been seeing since I was a child. I was excited to apply to this exhibit since a tree like this is full of life and represents nature to its fullest. I named this work “Tree Of Life” because life can be full of twists and turns but it is a magnificent ride. My intentions for this piece were to make the viewer wonder at the age and beauty of this old tree that has lived through many decades and has seen many things throughout its life, but at closer inspection the viewer can see modern society is not far away.

Cynthia Yatchman

Forest Floor | Acrylic | 6x6"

This piece was generated from watercolor sketches done during a backpacking trip to beautiful Mt. Ranier in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State. The top portion is very quick watercolor sketch done in Plein Air, the bottom portion was done later in the studio using acrylics. Much of my work is about nature and the human connection to flora and fauna and frequently incorporates black and white along with color.

Shira Gold

Solitary Dream | Photography | 20x30

Solitary Dream is an image from a large body of work called Good Grief which is a compendium of landscape portraits – a visual dissertation of my movements through loss. Solitary Dream exemplifies in landscape the feeling of vacuous loneliness and isolation associated with grief.

Shira Gold

The Space Between | Photography

20x30

The Space Between is an image from a large body of work called Good Grief which is a compendium of landscape portraits – a visual dissertation of my movements through loss. The Space Between captures the feeling of the division between those in mourning and the world outside of their loss.

Shira Gold

Still-Standing | Photography

20x30

Still-Standing is an image from a large body of work called Good Grief which is a compendium of landscape portraits – a visual dissertation of my movements through loss. Still-Standing addresses the feelings of separation and anxiety experienced with the loss of a loved one.

Jim Chaput

Harbor of my Dreams | Watercolor on paper | 9x12”

My technique of visually showing different realities utilizes nontraditional photo and abstract painting methods to combine the external and internal reality versions to come together into a unified vision of our dreams. This piece is an original abstract watercolor that I created using a harbor that I saw in Switzerland that I took a photo of. I was using the concept that this harbor was a starting point to creating your fondest dreams and then to set out on that journey from this harbor into the unknown creative horizons of dream accomplishment. Abstraction was used to symbolize that this world of dreams are fluid and changing as they are pursued.

Jim Chaput

Painted Castle | Digital | 20x27”

This image shows that there are worlds that we cannot see. My work is not the end of this visual awareness process, merely, the beginning. I captured this image in Germany. I used Photoshop to process the image and Corel Painter 2018 to add the painting strokes to the finished piece. I designed this piece to be very visually interesting to pull the eye into the piece by using colored lines and shapes to transport the viewer into another visual realm that they cannot see when they look at the traditional photo of this scene.

Jim Chaput

City in the Galaxies |Digital | 5x25"

I am on a personal mission to create images that visually illustrate the complexities of life beyond what our eyes are showing us. My technique of showing this visually utilizes nontraditional photo and abstract painting methods to combine the external and internal reality versions. This brings us, hopefully, to a visual awareness of different realities that co-exist with our everyday realities. This image shows that there are vast worlds that we cannot see. My work is not the end of this visual awareness process, merely, just the beginning. This piece is a composite of my original photography that I shot when I was on tour in Germany with my wife. I used Photoshop and Corel Painter 2018 to process and composite the images. The image was layered with a copyright free Hubble image of the cosmos.

Tracy Loftus 

Mount Diablo | Photography | 16x20

Every day is an adventure for me; I see the world differently & capture that vision in a photo that transcends my experience into a lasting visual. I am truly honored to share my gift with you, hoping it can add beauty to your day. This beauty is the Shell Ridge open space with Mount Diablo in the background, enshrouded with clouds. I head out to this space several times a week, whether to walk, hike or mountain bike. I am transformed by God’s beauty every single time I’m in nature and inspired by the peace that overcomes me when I look around.

Tracy Loftus 

Yosemite’s Glory | Photography | 16x20"

Every day is an adventure for me; I see the world differently than most people & capture that vision in a photo that transcends my experience into a lasting visual. I am truly honored to share my visual gift with you, hoping it can add beauty to your day. This beauty is Yosemite Falls with Half Dome in the background. Yosemite is a glorious outdoor playground & I was able to take my youngest child there in April 2017, after touring many colleges her junior year. We hiked ¾ of the way up these falls & captured this powerful water fall plunging into a brilliant rainbow. I considered myself quite fortunate to capture all of this in a single photograph.

Tracy Loftus 

Smith Rock | Photography |16x20

Every day is an adventure for me; I see the world differently than most people & capture that vision in a photo that transcends my experience into a lasting visual. I am truly honored to share my visual gift with you, hoping it can add beauty to your day. This beauty is Smith Rock in Oregon; unfortunately I had had ankle surgery so didn’t get to go climbing with my family on this particular trip. My brother & family live in Seattle; we live in NorCal, so every Thanksgiving we meet halfway, somewhere in Oregon. I scooted around this park, photographing it from many different angles. I am transformed by God’s beauty and find an overwhelming sense of peace overtake me in unbelievable places such as this.

The Third

6h057w00d | Digital Glitch Art | 12x18"

This piece was created using the same technique as the other glitch landscape series images. I wanted the pieces to be different yet similar – connected by the same initial creation method. With this work I decided to choose a more traditional forest scene. I did some retouching on this image as well but I decided on some basic minor color changes as I wanted to have a more sharp appearance to the final product. If you can catch the pop culture reference in the name of this piece you will immediately know where my inspiration came from…

The Third

7r0p1c0 | Digital Glitch Art | 24x36

This is the first piece in my glitch art landscape series. I had been messing around with some new coding applications and I loved the way this particular image came out so I decided to save the script for future use. My goal was to take the traditional landscape and turn it into something surreal and out of this world. Something that would look familiar yet allow the viewer to interpret in their own way. I decided to also retouch the final image, giving it a very dreamy neon look – definitely inspired by the 80’s synthwave movement.

The Third

5ky l0v3 f1r3 | Photography | 12x18"

This is the last image in my glitch landscape series and I wanted to have one more tropical location. I absolutely love palm trees and I felt like doing something with a summer aesthetic would be a nice change up. This image was not retouched or colored at all (unlike the others). I actually loved how the raw file looked so I went with that as the final.

Anonymous

The Mountains Of My Home | Mixed Medium | 6x8"

With this piece I wanted to focus on the simplicity and beauty of the silhouette. I used metallic acrylic paint to build up texture and feathered the paint down the canvas to exaggerate the form of the mountain.  I am drawn to the contrast of black canvas and metallic paint.

Anonymous

Nightscape In Motion | Mixed Medium | 24x48"

I created this piece using acrylic paint and gold leaf. This was a very intuitive painting, I did not start with a clear intention or vision. I wanted to let the piece come together on its own and I reacted to it in a very stylistic way. I see a lot of things in this painting and It is very emotional for me. I usually prefer to allow the viewer to establish the meaning in my work because they may see something different.

Xiang Zhao

Thrive in Sea Level Rise | Photography & Laser cut Model

This is a concept model of the future living environment of Sea Level Rise. I was obsessed with a drawing of moving waves and I got an idea that if we could create this kind of shape adapting to the movement of waves, it would be a way to survive in Sea Level Rise. I started to draw all of these because I can read how shoreline blends with the sea and all the curves bring me confidence that people would thrive in this coming threat. Through the acrylic pieces, you could still see the submerged places. This makes this model even more successful because it is kind of scenario that how would people reuse the submerged places in Sea Level Rise.

Xiang Zhao

Beauty of Soil | Photography & Handcraft Model

This is a model for representing the soil profile. In this model, I use mesh, glue, and piano wire. Through the combination of material, the moisture in the soil could change according to the trace of glue, at the same time, the overlay of mesh shows a gradient of the density change.

Ashley West

Overall Statement

I spent a year in Italy to study art conservation. While I was there, I learned about different philosophies of preserving artwork. My favorite philosophy revolved around the idea that when old art is preserved, it shouldn’t be made to look new, nut that its age should be respected. This philosophy, along with the Italian landscapes, inspired me to create this series. While I was in Italy, I traveled to Ravenna and saw the gold mosaics and art in Byzantine culture, gold was associate with Heaven.

Ashley West

Divine Ruins: Columns | Oil and Imitation Gold Leaf on Panel | 12x17"

I think the most important part of the process in this piece was creating the fog. I mixed white with a Dammar varnish to create the transparent fog affect. I wanted to imitate from my walk in the Italian countryside. The columns are an iconic marker of Western Civilization. I created it with the idea that it was once a great structure, now fallen, but still in good enough condition that future generations can still enjoy it and wonder about what was and what could be.

Ashley West

Divine Ruins: Waterfall | Oil and Imitation Gold Leaf on Panel 17x12

The waterfall actually had nothing to do with my time in Italy, but it was a part of my home in Portland that I was missing. Oregon has probably the most beautiful waterfalls in the United States (of course, I could be biased). There was an overwhelming sense of spirituality and divinity that came with the hike the beautiful waterfall at the end. The ruined wall on a psychological level represented the boundary between my home and my current residence in Italy.

Ashley West

Divine Ruins: Stairway | Oil and Imitation Gold Leaf on Panel

17x12

While walking from Fiesole to Florence, I looked into the vast and endless Italian landscape. I was inspired by the picturesque beauty. It also rained the night before, so there was fog blanketing the green, which gave an almost somber effect. The ruined stairway in this painting is open to interpretation. Is it leading to heaven ad you can’t see the rest because it’s beyond our mortal reality, or does it lead nowhere because the rest of the structure crumbled and it’s too late. Either way, the Divine gold is still within sight. What the viewers make of that is up to them.

Zeynab Amini

Mother Nature | Pencil

Earth will not be habitable without the existence of nature. By Preserving nature and animals, give a beautiful and dreamy world to the posterity.

Priscilla Stevenson

Natural Bridge | 29 x 21"

While working unconsciously, Natural Bridge began with mark making, including line work, and splatters. The image revealed itself to be an arch with a single crashing wave. Though the image might appear literal at first glance, the subjects say otherwise. Their size in relation to one another suggest they exist in the same worlds but likely from different perspectives. This image holds no expectations in regard to its meaning and is open to interpretation.